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May 20, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite firing a solid 295 (+7) in the final round of play, the Ohio State men’s golf team fell just short of a berth in the NCAA Championships, taking 11th place at the NCAA Central Regional, held at the par-72 Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. The Buckeyes finished with a three-round total of 893, falling one stroke shy of ninth-place Southern Methodist and Houston. The Top 10 teams earn a berth in the NCAA Championships.

Mike Austin (Sr., Burton, Mich./Flint Powers Catholic) paced the Buckeyes with a fifth-place finish. In his final round as a Buckeye, Austin fired a 73 en route to an even-par 216 for the tournament. Kevin Hall (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Rita) also recorded a 73 as he finished the tournament in 50th place with a 224.

Jason Oien (Jr., New Albany, Ohio/Westerville North) shot a 2-over-par 74 in the final round, concluding the tournament in 55th place with a score of 225. Ryan Dennis (Jr., Stow, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) shot a 75 Saturday to finish in 97th place with a 231, while Justin Collins (Fr., Ironton, Ohio/Ironton) carded a 76 in the final round to end at 233, good for 111th place.

TEAM STANDINGS (Par 72) RD1 RD2 RD3 TOTAL T1. Kent State 289 296 298 883 T1. Oklahoma 293 291 299 883 T1. Purdue 297 293 293 883 T4. Charleston 291 287 306 885 T4. Minnesota 292 297 296 885 6. Okla. St. 292 301 294 887 7. Augusta St 293 302 293 888 8. Toledo 301 296 294 891 T9. SMU 299 300 293 892 T9. Houston 293 304 295 892 T11. Ohio State 292 306 295 893 T11. Tulsa 297 299 297 893 T13. Texas A&M 281 298 305 894 14. N Carolina 299 296 300 895 T15. N’Western 304 299 293 896 T15. Kansas 303 300 293 896 17. Colorado 298 300 300 898 T18. Texas 294 306 299 899 T18. Lamar 301 303 293 899 T20. Baylor 292 302 308 902 T20. UALR 303 306 293 902 OSU INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS RD1 RD2 RD3 TOTAL T5. Mike Austin 68 75 73 216 T50. Kevin Hall 74 77 73 224 T55. Jason Oien 76 75 74 225 T97. Ryan Dennis 75 79 75 231 T111. Justin Collins 74 83 76 233